Gutter Guards, Covers, and Filters: The Differences and How They Compare to the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System

There is a lot of noise about gutter protection.  Filters, covers, hoods, helmets – it can be confusing when educating yourself on the differences. With all the variety in the Kansas City market and across the U.S., you’re not sure which way to go when it comes to protecting your gutter systems. What are the pros and cons of each? We’re going to help you out by comparing the differences between gutter guards, covers, and filters and screens. Gutter Guards Guards completely cover the gutters to block debris from entering the channels. In turn, their goal is to allow precipitation

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Underground Lines and Drains: How They Help and Hurt Your Gutter System

We’ve talked plenty about our K-Guard Leaf-Free Gutter System and how its design prevents everything except water from filling its channels. These maintenance-free gutter systems allow for runoff to smoothly flow through the gutter downspout minus any clogs. What we haven’t talked much about is where the water goes once it reaches the ground. If it doesn’t fill a rain barrel, naturally irrigate the yard, or create a man-made pond, then where does the water go? In some cases, it goes underground. Underground Lines and Drains Rather than downspouts and splash blocks, some home gutter systems utilize vertical pipes. These

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How Gutters Can Help Your Sump Pump

The average amount of precipitation that falls across the U.S. per year, excluding Alaska and Hawaii, is approximately 30 inches. Of course, what falls per state and region varies. For instance, Kansas receives approximately 29 inches of rain and snow while Missouri gets over 42 inches. Combined, the Kansas City area receives a combined 50 inches of rain and snow in any given year. That’s good news for lawns and farms but can be an issue for residential homes, particularly if they are in low-lying areas that tend to flood.  This could be especially troublesome if the homeowner hasn’t invested

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What are Splash Blocks and Why Does Your Home Need Them?

Splash blocks are simple devices that sit at the base of your downspouts to aid in precipitation distribution, eliminating water pooling around your home’s foundation. Precipitation distribution During an average rainstorm, your gutters collect a large amount of precipitation. As the channels fill, the water flows into the downspouts. Once it hits the ground there’s really nowhere for it to go other than a large puddle unless you have a splash block. Splash blocks can be made of rubber, concrete, granite, or plastic.  Most have a narrow input point – where the water from the gutter’s downspouts lands – and

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Gutters Can Cause Water Damage to Your Home

If you live in an area where rain and snow occur (Let’s face it– that’s almost everywhere!), you need to be concerned with water entering your home from outdoors. This unwanted water can cause a lot of damage within your home. Causes of Water Damage There are several reasons why your home can sustain water damage. These include having a flat roof on your house, leaky pipes, faulty appliances, clogged drains, etc. But a significant cause of water damage can be from broken or faulty gutters. Additionally, if open gutters aren’t cleaned regularly, they won’t do the job they should,

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How Faulty Gutters Lead To Basement Leaks

Today, we’re going to look at the potential damage faulty gutters can cause for a portion of your home. But surprisingly and unknown to many, it’s not on the exterior. There are at least three ways, if not more, you can incur water damage in your basement. One is a faulty sump pump or other drainage equipment. Two is a leaky pipe. Three is, believe it or not, clogged or poorly protected gutters causing foundation cracks or leaks. Water From Above Not all water damage starts at or below ground level. Much of it comes from higher elevations. Either it’s

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